Harper Chair's Focus on Business Leadership

Harper Chair’s Focus on Business Leadership

The University inaugurated its 41st endowed faculty chair this spring, the Charles “Mike” Harper Endowed Chair in Business Leadership.

Todd Darnold, PhD, is the first holder of the chair. An associate professor of organizational behavior and human resource management, Darnold has taught at Creighton since 2008 and in 2014 became director of leadership programs in the Heider College of Business.

The business faculty chair was created through the support of family and friends of philanthropist and community business leader the late Charles “Mike” Harper, HON’95, who was a longtime member of the Creighton community.  

In thanking the Harper family and the Harper Family Foundation, Creighton’s president, the Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ, told those gathered that Mike Harper has had a deep and lasting impact on Creighton.

“For Mike’s long legacy of service on our Board of Trustees, both as a trustee and a trustee emeritus, and for his and the foundation’s philanthropic generosity, Creighton is truly grateful,” Fr. Hendrickson said.

“And, from now on, when students come to the Heider College of Business to become leaders in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, they will find the very best in business leadership educational excellence, thanks to the legacy of Mike Harper.”

Harper, who died in 2016, was a former chairman and chief executive officer of ConAgra Foods, Inc. He was awarded an honorary degree from Creighton in 1995.